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Greene King Strong Suffolk (Olde Suffolk)

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Brewed by Greene King
Style: Old Ale
Bury St. Edmunds, England

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RATINGS: 993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered.
Marketed in the United States as Olde Suffolk.
dark ale
A blend of two ales: Old 5X , which is brewed to the maximum strength possible (around 12% abv) and left to mature in 100-barrel oak vats for a minimum of two years, and BPA, a dark, full-bodied freshly brewed beer which is added just before bottling. The result is a unique beer - strong (6% abv), dark, fruity, oaky and very, very special.
Bottles have been sterile filtered since May 2006.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JefVerstraete (1139) - BELGIUM - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle from European Secret Santa. Thanks! Beautiful dark red/brown colour, beige foam. Medium carbonation. Fruity malty taste with lots of caramel and some brown sugar. Light bitter finish. Decent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pentaz (1214) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle as "Strong Suffolk Dark Ale". Pours clear brown with a diminishing tan medium head. Aroma is burnt caramel, bread, nuts, butter, estery, candy, toffee, metals and oak. Taste is light+ sweet and bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Finishes sweet with oak.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (820) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Molasses, soy, oak, wheat, and lots of malt. Colour is a reddish brown with no head. Taste is malt, oak, a touch of sourness, and bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kita (971) - Koper, SLOVENIA - JUN 22, 2014
Bottle, 0.33l. Hazy dark brown color with thick creamy light-brown head and nice lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, nuts, mild roasted malt, wood and herbal hops. Taste starts with sweet and rich caramel malt, follows by ripe fruits, refreshing herbs, alcohol and medicinal notes. Mouthfeel is warming, while finish is moderate bitter. Full body, oily texture and soft carbonation in palate.Feels much more stronger than 6% ABV...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Karstenborg (211) - DENMARK - JUN 21, 2014
Pours brown with small offwhite head. Aroma is malt, caramel and brown sugar. Taste is sweet with notes of caramel and honey.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Burgers (237) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2014
Clear dark brown with red sheen. Thin beige head. Aromas of treacle and dried fruit. Taste slightly more sour than sweet and bitter. Palate quite viscous, low carbonation. For the ABV, exceptional.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (7210) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle [thanks to my Euro Secret Summer Santa] @ home. Very nice deep dark red - brown color, medium sized off-white head that diminishes quite quickly. Aroma is malts, pretty sweet, slightly floral. Taste malts, sweetness, some alcohol, lightly a touch of wood, slightly leaves. Medium body and carbonation. Nice one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (1999) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2014
Bottle 330 ml at home, poured into a snfter, ABV 6% Dark brown colour on the body, small beige head, with okay retention, light lacing on the glass. Aroma od dark fruits, light vanilla, alcohol, some wood. Taste is very sweet, with lots of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, nice vanilla notes again, a bit boozy too despite the relatively low alcohol. Mild bitterness on the aftertaste with quite long duration. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Overall very good, pleasantly surprised.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5234) - Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle at home from backlog notes 07/08. Pours a clear brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, dark fruit, wood, thin body and didn’t really show anything until it warmed quite a bit.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jesperhammer (2814) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2014
11-JUN-2014, bottle @Fars fødselsdag, from Barley Wine. Clear, dark Brown with low tan head. Caramel, Brown sugar, bread. Too much caramel. Too sweet, almost no hops. Soft carbonation, medium body. I do not like this.


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